The 9th Tensions of Europe conference

Decoding Europe: Technological Pasts in the Digital Age

Early career summer school

“Towards Digital Science and Technology Studies: Challenges and Opportunities”

Luxembourg, 25-27 June 2019

We live in the digital age which has a huge impact on the way we do scholarly research. For emerging careers it seems to be particularly pivotal. One the one hand, digitalization brings opportunities enlarging the methodological and thematic horizons. On the other hand, it sets a number of challenges on how to employ various methods, use new digital applications, and adapt to a rapidly changing academic community. But why do we actually need digital methods in our research?

The Early career scholars network  of Tensions of Europe in connection to the 9th Tensions of Europe (ToE) Conference, organizes a Summer School to discuss challenges and opportunities in the field of science and technology studies (STS). The Summer School relates to the overall conference theme “Decoding Europe: Technological Pasts in the Digital Age”. We invite participants from the field of science, technology and medicine studies, both from historical and other social disciplines.


We envisage an interdisciplinary dialog and propose to discuss the following questions, among others:

  • Why does digital history matter?
  • What are challenges /obstacles of doing digital history and how to cope with them?
  • What are specificities of digital history of technology and, more broadly, STS?
  • What are opportunities of digital humanities?
  • What digitalization and historic source criticism mean?
  • What is specific in teaching digital history and using digital methods?
  • How do we imagine the future of STS in the age of digitalization?

We hope for a fruitful discussion that can inspire and help all participants in their future research and explicitly invite young scholars not specifically working on digitalization, but are interested in the topic. The school will include lectures, master classes, workshops, discussion rounds and outdoor activities.

The Early career scholars network

The Tensions of Europe Early career scholars network is self-organized and gathers PhD students, post-doctoral scholars and non-tenured academics. The network is supported and acts as part of the Tensions of Europe Network. The general aim is to actively engage in debates within ToE and to facilitate international networking among young scholars. The network provides an informal, open space for discussing research ideas and career development.


The summer school will take place at the University of Luxembourg from the 25th to the 27th June, 2019 in the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH). The participants of the summer school are expected to be on-site, at Digilab, but in some of the sessions, we might also be able to include a few on-line participants.


In order to promote network building, the Summer School is organized to a large extend around workshops and group discussions. It will start on Tuesday (25 June) afternoon and will last until Thursday, 12:30. Participants will be asked to read texts and write short contributions for the workshops describing their own challenges with digitalization. Invited experts will make short presentations on relevant topics, which will be followed by discussions. The deadline for submitting these contributions will also be communicated to the participants at that time.


Tuesday 25 June

Wednesday 26 June

Thursday 27 June

09.00 – 10.30

History of Digitalization

Valérie Schafer, Luxembourg

Discussion Summer School

ToE Early Career Network

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30

Tele-workshop: Digitalization and Teaching

Sabine Seidel, Frankfurt/Oder

Round Table Summer School

Paul Edwards, Stanford / Estelle Bunout, Luxembourg / Roberto Cantoni, Bonn

12.30 – 14.00

Lunch break

Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30


Andreas Fickers, Luxembourg

Digital Humanities and History of Technology

Mats Fridlund, Aalto/Berlin

[Conference registration]

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break

16.00 – 17.30

Digital Preservation and Collections

Lars Wieneke, Luxembourg

Walking tour Luxembourg City

Luxembourg Tourist Office


Spatial Humanities, Deep Mapping, and the Future of History

David Bodenhamer, Indianapolis / Gerben Zaagsma, Luxembourg

[ToE Opening]



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